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Johnny Guitar [Blu-ray]
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The restoration and transfer are magnificent..................most of the movie looks like it was shot yesterday....this film is known for its color palatte and the rendering of color and image far surpasses any tv version I have ever seen. Watching this blu-ray is like watching Johnny Guitar for the first time. The soundtrack is crystal clear....all in all Olive Films did a great job.
In addition to the excellent introduction by Martin Scorsese, I would have liked a commentary track or in depth documentary..............the stories about the making of this movie are the stuff of epic myth..believe me, the negative chemistry off screen between Joan and Mercedes comes through on screen in spades. Mecedes gives a performance for the ages in this film.
If you love this movie like I do, this is a must have...............highest possible recommendation.
This film is a hair's breath from being high-camp. Joan Crawford plays Vienna in her usual style, exchanging insults and threats with McCambridge in the film's most memorable scenes. A choice line of McCambridge is "She's nuthin' but a railroad tramp". Watching their scenes made me think of Faye Dunaway and Diana Scarwid in MOMMIE DEAREST, they seem to create the same energy on screen, perhaps they watched JOHNNY GUITAR in preparing for their performances?...
JOHNNY GUITAR is more than a western, and a must-see for fans of Crawford.
Oh, before I forget, here's the particulars of this cult-classic:
Johnny Guitar (May 27, 1954) (Studio: Republic)
Distributor: Paramount (Although correct me if I'm wrong, but I honestly believe that Turner/Warner Home Video has their hand in just about all of Joan's films, even those that aren't from the MGM or Warners libraries.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
Runtime Listing: 110 mins
Color/BW: Color (Trucolor)
(Joan played: Vienna)
A lady saloon owner battles a female rancher out to frame her for murder.
And here's the main cast (actually, these are my favorites, from the main cast!:)
Joan Crawford ~ The Star of the Show ~ Vienna
Mercedes McCambridge ~ Emma Small
Sterling Hayden ~ Johnny 'Guitar' Logan
Scott Brady ~ Dancin' Kid
Ben Cooper ~ Turkey Ralston
Ernest Borgnine ~ Bart Lonergan
Royal Dano ~ Corey
Frank Ferguson ~ Marshal Williams
"Johnny Guitar" is actually based on a novel by Roy Chanslor and is undisputedly the granddaddy of the Female Western Film, because it proudly serves as the original prototype of this genre. It's also a little known-fact that there really was a real Johnny "Guitar!Read more ›
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A real heroin. But she has love, forgiveness and compassion. Best Joan Crawford movie ever. Maybe more enjoyable than" Momie Dearest".Published 23 days ago by John W. Horton
One of Nicholas Ray's most notable films, with exceptional performances by the cast.Published 2 months ago by Bevan Davies
Very misled by the recent write-up in The New Yorker. Silly movie, stiff performances (Joan Crawford would never have made it based on this flick), a crazed Mercedes McCambridge... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer